Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Day on December 25.
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December 24, 2023
10am – Lessons & Carols and Communion
5pm – Lessons & Carols (No Communion)
A fellowship time with Cookies and Hot Chocolate will follow both services
“Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming or arrival.”
Used by the Church, the word refers to:
So, the season of Advent is a season of preparation and waiting:
Just as the Israelites awaited a Messiah to fulfill God’s promises from Genesis 3:15 to Jeremiah 31:31-34 and beyond, so Christians await the return of Jesus the Messiah to make all things new (Revelation 21).
Perhaps the classic piece of Advent music is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” because it reflects Advent’s emphasis on waiting and expectation.
Christmas music, on the other hand, emphasizes the joyful celebration of Christ’s arrival at the Incarnation. “Joy to the World” comes to mind, but if you read the lyrics to that song closely, you’ll notice that they’re actually about the second coming of Jesus, not his birth.
So, maybe think of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” as a typical Christmas song.
Here are some of the better-known songs the anticipate the birth of Christ: